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Cryptozoology, Ufology, Ghost-Hunting: All Parts of One Much Bigger Mystery?

I know from experience that most people in the Bigfoot field are loathe to discuss the paranormal aspects of the hairy, mysterious phenomenon. And, I’ve seen Ufologists moan and groan when the likes of the Loch Ness Monster are discussed in conversations and in connection. I’ve also seen this controversial “crossover” angle occur time and time again. The same applies to the paranormal, to the supernatural and to the occult. John Keel was someone who came to conclude that all of the world’s paranormal mysteries were somehow interlinked. Keel was almost certainly correct in his ideas, views and conclusions. I’ll begin with the matter of how paranormal phenomena can have a distinct affect on electrical equipment. Within the fields of Ufology there are what are termed “vehicle interference“-based cases. On many occasions, car and truck engines stall when UFOs are in close proximity. Lights go out. And the driver is 100 percent stranded. At least, until the UFO is gone. When, in 2003, U.K.-based Cryptozoologist Jon Downes was investigating a spate of Bigfoot-type creatures in the north of England, he had very similar significant electrical issues. As Jon said:

Although we had tested all of our electronic equipment the night before, charged up batteries where necessary, and put new batteries in all of the equipment which needed them, practically without exception all of our equipment failed. My laptop, for example, has a battery, which usually lasts between 20 and 35 minutes. It lasted just three minutes it before conking out. Admittedly, I received an enormous number of telephone calls during our stay at the Lake, but not anywhere near enough to justify the fact that I had to change handsets four times in as many hours. The batteries in both Geoff’s and our tape recorders also failed. It seemed certain that there was some strange electromagnetic phenomenon at work here.” Then, there are the near-endless problems ghost-hunters have with their equipment while prowling around haunted houses. See what I mean about the parallels when it comes to electrical equipment and Cryptozoology, Ufology and the restless dead?

Now, let’s have a look at the matter of synchronicities. Or, as we could also term them: meaningful coincidences that actually don’t seem to be just coincidences. I have had dozens of synchronicities in my UFO research. And, there’s no doubt in my mind that synchronicities are real. It’s not a case of the occasional coincidence here and there. But, such a mystery doesn’t just apply to aliens and their craft. The matter of Scotland’s most famous monster, Nessie, comes into the story. F. W. “Ted” Holiday sincerely believed – at least, in his early years as a Nessie-seeker – that the Nessies were unknown animals. As time passed in the 1960s, however,  he went down a paranormal path. Holiday wasn’t able to shake off a deep, foreboding feeling that there was something more to the Loch Ness Monsters, something that – rather paradoxically – implied they were flesh and blood animals but ones possessed of supernatural qualities. It was a feeling that would, ultimately, become a full-blown, unhealthy obsession, and one that pretty much dictated the rest of his short life and research. It was also something that led Holiday to the world of the synchronicity, as you will see right now.

By the time Holiday’s book, The Great Orm of Loch Ness, was published in 1968, Holiday had not only been to the lair of the Nessies on numerous occasions; he had also had the opportunity to speak to many witnesses to the beast(s). In doing so, he noticed a most curious, and even unsettling, pattern. There were far more than a random number of reports on record where eyewitnesses to the creatures had tried to photograph them, only to fail miserably. As time progressed, it became abundantly obvious to Holiday that this was not down to nothing stranger than chance. Or coincidence. It was a case (or, rather, more than a few cases) of synchronicity. When an excited soul on the shore went to grab their camera, the beast would sink beneath the waves. When someone even just thought about taking a picture, the monster would vanish below. On other occasions, cameras would malfunction. Pictures would come out blank or fogged. Yes, we see the issue of electrical problems again. It was as if the Nessies were dictating, and manipulating, the situations in which the witnesses found themselves. That is exactly what Holiday came to believe was going on.  By 1969, his life was dominated by weird synchronicities, something that led Holiday to question both his sanity and even the very nature of reality itself. What had begun as an exciting hunt for an unknown animal was now rapidly mutating into something very different. And, there have been more than a handful of reports of UFOs seen at Loch Ness.

Cases of extraterrestrials speaking to alien abductees via telepathy abound. Similarly, there are those who claim to have had mind-to-mind conversations with the Bigfoot creatures. Demonic activity occurs where other, UFO-themed, phenomena can be found. You only have to see from my Final Events book that there’s a connection between UFOs, supernatural phenomena and occult mysteries. Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk, England was the location of the famous, alleged “UFO landing” in December 1980. A lot of people don’t know that those same woods are filled with tales of monsters (such as the Shug Monkey), mysterious black cats, and phantom black dogs. In other words, yet again we see a crossover between the UFO enigma and the matter of Cryptozoology. To deny the similarities described directly above would be very stupid. Only a fool would deny the parallels throughout this article. Or, those who can’t bear to have their belief systems disrupted. The fact is that Ufology, Cryptozoology, ghost-hunting, the occult, the paranormal, the supernatural and more are all interconnected. The problem is that so many people in their respective fields are undeniably hostile to such matters. If only those in their respective fields could get together and pool all of their work, they would see the incredible similarities that abound everywhere. Maybe, we should dump the terms “Cryptozoology,” “Ufology, “ghost-hunting,” “paranormal phenomena,” “the occult,” and “the supernatural.” Perhaps, we should combine them all into one term. I suggest Weird-shit-ology. That smoothly blends them all into one.


Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.
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